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Old March 7th, 2014, 11:34 AM   #1
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Postmodern Architecture

Moin! Looks like we don't have a general thread on postmodern architecture so far.

You can post decent and tasteless stuff all you want in here - and all the architecture that's within this range, from mediocre to apt. Please limit yourself to 5 images per post and credit your sources. If you need more to showcase a building, split your posts.

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Postmodern architecture began as an international style the first examples of which are generally cited as being from the 1950s, but did not become a movement until the late 1970s and continues to influence present-day architecture. Postmodernity in architecture is said to be heralded by the return of "wit, ornament and reference" to architecture in response to the formalism of the International Style of modernism.

The functional and formalized shapes and spaces of the modernist style are replaced by diverse aesthetics: styles collide, form is adopted for its own sake, and new ways of viewing familiar styles and space abound. Perhaps most obviously, architects rediscovered the expressive and symbolic value of architectural elements and forms that had evolved through centuries of building which had been abandoned by the modern style.


Btw, for classy neotraditional architecture, we have this thread:
New Buildings Built in Traditional Architecture Style

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Messeturm, Frankfurt, Germany. Source: Wiki Commons, Melkom.
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Postmodern skyscrapers:
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Old March 7th, 2014, 07:57 PM   #7
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Maybe I'll start with something weird in Wrocław, Poland.

Solpol, built 1993, architect: Wojciech Jarząbek. Next to a huge, gothic church. Probably it'll be demolished.

Other buildings by Jarząbek: http://dolny-slask.org.pl/734453,fot...dEntity=531530 and http://dolny-slask.org.pl/868744,fot...dEntity=549158



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Old March 7th, 2014, 08:53 PM   #8
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One Detroit Center

Originally intended to be a set of twin towers, only one was built


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Old March 9th, 2014, 06:37 PM   #9
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Lisbon - Amoreiras (office, housing, shopping center)

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A surprisingly beautiful postmodern building in London - No. 1 Poultry







As un-hideous as this building is, London sadly lost the chance to see a Mies skyscraper built there.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 05:24 PM   #11
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Such location is hardly suitable for a skyscraper.
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birmann 21 in são Paulo...

http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmann_21
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From Malmö, Sweden:

Nameless office building:



Source: http://www.idstories.se/mcity10/

And seen in the first image, the imposing hotel currently occupied by Scandic:


Source: http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangeln,_Malm%C3%B6
Other side all glassed up(train station in foreground):

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Old April 21st, 2014, 12:37 AM   #15
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One more from Malmö, Sweden: Victoria Park. A gated community of sorts(a rarity in Sweden) using the offices of an old cement company, located at the edge of a lime quarry. Very early postmodernism.


Residential blocks added recently:


Source: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...55712&page=206
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Even though this was posted at the New Classical / Neo-Traditional thread,
it can be considered postmodern for e.g. the window formats and the use of classical citations.

I think this adds a lot of appeal, warmth, urbanism and
London charme to the otherwise very cold and sterile Canary Wharf area:
Now imagine another random glass box there. Meh.
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Zentralsparkasse, Vienna (1980)
A more forward thinking form of postmodernism: deconstructivism.




Hillingdon Civic Center, London (1979)

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http://www.flickriver.com/photos/468...r-interesting/

House by Robert ventura, 1964. The textbook example of postmodernism.




I like to think of the postmodernist era (mid 70s to mid 00s) as the break that modernism took to redeem itself after the poorly built and criminal-infested housing blocks corrupted it and gave it a bad name.
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Even though many architects and theorists (of course) would like us to believe postmodernism is dead, I don't think so. In fact it never was, it just splitted up in various substyles, movements etc. Modernism isn't dead either, but it was indeed affected a lot by postmodernism in recent decades.
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Ugh. I think Post Modern (and Post Modernism) are, as terms, too messy.

Modern and Modernism are bad enough. Post Modern is so convoluted that few people agree on its exact definition. And its definition is based on (with good reason) on ones definition of modern. So, some people might term something post modern when someone else thinks it is neo-classical. And is Post Modernism the same as Post Modern, or different? Is Post Modernism Modern?

I am inclined myself to try and avoid using the term as much as I can and find other descriptors.
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It would be more accurate to use the term 'postmodernist architecture.' because that is a distinct style (more like a group of styles) that came after the modernism movement. 'Post modern' by itself is a bit of a self defeating term because the present day innovation is considered modern, no matter what artistic style. You can't build in the future.

Typical postmodernist architecture that you saw most commonly in the 80s-early 2000s has almost cardboard-y cutout shapes resembling vaguely traditional designs. Less typical is the eclectic, deconstructivist, heavily abstract or convincingly neoclassical part of postmodernism.

Contemporary modernist architecture (distinct from mid-century modernism) is considerably more refined and less whacky than the postmodern styles. It uses space and light, and clean forms unlike the detailed, colourful or bizarre postmodernism.
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